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Sunday, 10 April 2011
03:46:47 AM (GMT)
A couple months ago, Joel my school janitor/youth sponsor,came to me and asked me to
write  a paragraph (which for me, turned into a page), about what Aftershock (my
youth group), means to me.
I wanted to share it with all of you.
                It all started with me being curious, when Joel Linn had said
something about Aftershock on face book. I brought myself to ask him, “What is
Aftershock?” He then told me what it is… and for the rest of the night, that’s
what was on my mind. The Monday following that day, I ran into Joel at school and he
invited me to the next youth group. As crazy as it sounds, I almost didn’t go. But
later on I found Joel, and told him I would definitely go. I wasn’t sure what was
going to happen, and to be honest; I was scared. But when I got there, things began
to change. Very slowly I met the sponsors, the leader and some of the students. After
that night, I began attending Aftershock every Sunday along with the Fall Retreat,
Christmas Party, and New Years Eve Party. Now to get to the question I was asked,
“What does Aftershock mean to you?”  The answer: Aftershock means everything to
me. Many people can think, “How can a youth group, mean everything to you?”
                In a world so cold, and hurtful it’s nice for me to have people to
confide in and a place I could go to and not be judged by everyone around me. Every
day, I go through the stress of being in high school with homework and a broken
friendship and then come Sunday all of the weight is lifted off of my shoulders,
because God knows exactly what I need, and when I need it. Aftershock has basically
taught me how to love/be confident in myself, and believe in myself as well as the
people around me. It really means a lot because everywhere I go; I fear that people
are making false judgments about me. When I go to youth group every Sunday night, I
lose the thought that people are judging me and turn myself fully towards Christ.
                This brings me to another thing. Before September 26th, 2010 (the
first day I attended Aftershock) I was fighting with myself on if I believed in God
or not, I didn’t know if he really was there or not. So I kept pushing the bible
and him away from me. Then I was brought to youth group that one Sunday night, and
everything changed. I don’t know what happened, but I believe the spirit of God
overcame me and spoke to me somehow, whether it was through the people, songs, or
Brocks sermon. I didn’t think that night would change my life forever, but now that
I think about it. It really did and I’m glad I took the chance and went that night.
Since that day, I have attended every session and almost all of the events. It’s
become a part of my life, and I don’t ever want to leave it. I’m finally becoming
the person I want to be, and am surrounded by the type of people I want to. Overall,
Aftershock has amazed me in every way possible and means everything to me.
(Below are a few bible verses I have found and enjoyed throughout the year)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. — Philippians 4:13
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good,
pleasing and perfect will.—Romans 12:2
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I
will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My
righteous right hand. —Isaiah 41:10
Joel read this at his church, and sent it to the Senior Pastor at Arbor Drive (Brad
Johnson), along with Brock Youngren(youth pastor).
Last edited: 10 April 2011

Jusbecauselul says:   10 April 2011   171175  
I will not troll you because I respect you.
‹O.G. Loko› says :   10 April 2011   543285  
o.o Thank-you? 


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